HOUSTON – President Trump has today announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, within 6 months. DACA provided relief to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as young children. Additionally, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 4 in May, which made changes to law enforcement tactics regarding undocumented immigrants within the state. The new law, which was set to go into effect on September 1, has been partially blocked by a federal court due to an injunction stemming from a lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Representative Wu released this statement:
“As the representative of one of the largest documented and undocumented immigrant populations in the state, I condemn President Trump’s actions today in the strongest possible terms. DACA shared wide-spread bipartisan support because it protected undocumented children and people who were brought to the US as children. Trump’s decision in terminating DACA is inhuman, immoral, and unconscionable.
The end of the program likely spells doom for hundreds of thousands of children and young adults who have applied for relief through the DACA program. Those protected by DACA are American in every sense but on paper. They are raised as Americans. They love our nation as their own. They serve in our armed forces, and as first responders. They deserve better from the country that they call home. This action serves no purpose other than to punish children who have grown up as Americans.
This action follows closely to the passage of SB 4 in the Texas Legislature, which created a “show me your papers” law in Texas. SB 4 created a hostile environment for all immigrants and pushed people who lived on the edge of society even further into the darkness. Trump’s action today is the crest of a wave of anti-immigrant policies passed at both state and federal levels.”